Two convicted militants executed as Pakistan strikes back after school massacre

Pakistani army soldiers man an armed vehicle along a street during the executions of two militants Aqil alias Doctor Usman and Arshad Mehmood in a Faisalabad jail, on December 19, 2014Pakistan hung two convicted militants in the first executions in six years and security forces killed more than 50 suspected militants Friday as the country’s leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead. The bloody rampage in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday brought international condemnation and promises of swift, decisive action against militants from Pakistan’s political and military leaders. Pakistan’s de facto foreign minister Sartaj Aziz told AFP the attack was his country’s own “mini 9/11” and a game changer in its fight against terror.

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